Covering an area of over 3,840 km2 Murchison Falls National Park is the largest conservation area in Uganda. The park derives its name from the notable waterfall: the mighty Murchison Falls, which are formed where the Victoria Nile powerfully forces its way through a narrow cleft before plunging 43m down with a thunderous roar.
Murchison Falls, Uganda’s best safari experience!
The mighty River Nile separates the park into its north and south sections.
At the spectacular Murchison Falls, the world’s longest watercourse explodes vigorously through a slender cleft within the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. As the river attracts large numbers of game, a boat-expedition up the Nile provides the perfect opportunity to see and photograph the animals. Smartly watched by crocodiles, hundreds of buffaloes, hippos, water birds, apes and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, you go to the bottom of the Murchison Falls, which approaches you with a thunderous sound. By vehicle or after a short hike you’ll be able to reach the “Top of the falls” from where you have a perfect view of the impressive falls and the river snaking below.
Wildlife in Murchison Falls & the Delta
Most of the park’s wildlife inhabits north of the Nile, so all game drives take place on the tracks in the northern section. A game drive within the park permits you to be face-to-face with the African animal kingdom that includes elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, lions, leopards, totally different species of antelope and plenty of bird species.
The Nile Delta area is where the Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert. A boat-expedition down the river towards Lake Albert is a “must do” for every bird enthusiast as the banks of the delta are home to hundreds of bird species including the rare and prehistoric-looking shoebill stork.
Budongo Forest is found within the southern section of Murchison Falls National Park and it’s best-known for its impressive biodiversity: more than 20 mammal species, 350 bird species, 250 butterfly species and over 450 plant species have been recorded!
During a hike within the forest, you’re most likely to see red-tailed, blue, and black-and-white colobus monkeys as well as hundreds of tropical birds and butterflies. Birdwatchers should follow the “Royal Mile”, a beautiful track through the forest and one of the best locations for birding in East Africa. As Budongo forest contains a population of chimpanzees, its also possible to do chimp tracking here.